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Release Date: 27 Feb 2014
About the book
Narendra Modi is the Prime Ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition party in the General Elections to be held before May 2014. As Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat in 2002, Modi presided over a massacre of Muslims that conforms to the UN definition of genocide. At the time this had evoked widespread domestic and international condemnation. Recently, however, there has been a determined campaign to paint him in a different light. One prong of the campaign has been to argue that the events of 2002 should be consigned to the past as the Supreme Court of India has given Modi a ‘clean chit’. The second prong has been to present Modi as a uniquely competent administrator who has worked miracles in Gujarat. This collection of briefings presents facts that challenge both these claims and argues that Modi remains a figure deserving international opprobrium and should remain a persona non grata for us here in Britain.
The articles that follow cover a number of different questions:
- Narendra Modi: The Making of a Hindutva Leader
- Narendra Modi’s Culpability in the Gujarat Genocide: A Factsheet
- The Murder of British Citizens in a Genocide Forgotten
- A Clean Chit? Has Narendra Modi been Absolved by the Supreme Court?
- Violence and Control: Modi, the Sangh Parivar and Women
- Don’t Believe the Hype: Modi’s Model of Governance
- Hindutva, RSS and the Sangh Parivar
- Hindutva Fascism in the UK
At a recent book launch messages of support were received from a number of people
‘There is international consensus that Narendra Modi was responsible for the 2002 genocidal attacks in Gujarat,’ wrote Anish Kapoor. ‘India’ s long history of cultural and ethnic tolerance is gravely in peril with the rise of this politician whose association with the fascist right cannot any longer be hidden. It is deplorable therefore that Britain continues to dialogue with this man and that British parliamentarians and businessmen shamelessly extend a hand of friendship to him and his political associates.’
Helena Kennedy warned that ‘Sectarianism is a scourge in our modern world and any politician or political party inciting, encouraging or creating a supportive landscape for such hostilities should be roundly condemned. Modi is a serious danger to peace in India and beyond. I strongly support the campaign to expose the threat he and his supporters present.’
Imran Dawood, who was with his uncles when they were killed but survived despite his own injuries, was also present at the meeting. They are deeply missed, Yusuf Dawood explained: ‘Sometimes you sleep, you dream, and they’re there, and then you wake up. ’The family are pursuing a civil case against Modi. We have no hatred in our hearts of anybody. We are Gujaratis and love Gujarat and its culture” he said. However he pointed out that “you can’t just brush things under the carpet if you’re going to progress.”
Mike Wood, MP for Batley where they lived, was one of those who sent a message of support. He said, “I extend my whole-hearted support for prosecuting Mr Modi not least for the communal violence in the state of Gujarat in 2002 which claimed so many innocent lives including that of my constituents and their driver. He should remain banned from this country irrespective of the results of the upcoming Indian elections until he has been brought to account for his actions in fermenting racial and religious violence and bigotry”.
The meeting also announced an Early Day Motion to the House of Commons was announced, and a delegation of MPs to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office asking that there should be no engagement with him until he has been held legally accountable for his role in the violence. The meeting also heard that action is underway for an international tribunal on genocide in Gujarat.
The Awaaz Network and Monitoring Group, who organised the meeting, can be contacted by calling Suresh Grover on 07816301706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Authors
The book is published jointly by The Monitoring Group and the Awaaz network and has been edited by Anish Vaniak and Dr Gautam Appa. The articles have been contributed by :
Dr Gautam Appa, Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics
Suresh Grover, Director of The Monitoring Group
Chetan Bhatt, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights at London School of Economics
Pragna Patel, Director of the Southall Black Sisters
Awaaz Network is a UK-based secular network of individuals and organisations committed to monitoring and combating religious hatred in South Asia and in the UK.